Nigeria’s Golden Eaglets rallied back twice to beat Hungary 4-2 in their opening Group B game at the 2019 FIFA U-17 World Cup in Brazil on Saturday night, reports Completesports.com.
Captain of the side, Samson Tijani got a brace witj Usman Ibraheem and Oluwatimilehin Adeniyi netting the other goals.
George Komaroni and Samuel Major were on target for Hungary.
Hungary took the lead in the fourth minute after Komaroni nodded home David Laslo’s cross.
The goal jolted the Eaglets into action and they were awarded a penalty in the 19th minute after Wisdom Ubani was fouled inside the box.
Tijani took up the challenge and expertly slotted the ball into the net in the 20th minute.
Nigeria’s defensive frailties showed up again 10 minutes later when Major slotted the ball home for Hungary’s second goal of the game after a superb pass by Laslo.
The Hungarians stood firm for most part of the second half but caved in towards the end with Ibraheem and Adeniyi scoring in the 79th and 81st minutes respectively.
Tijani put the game beyond the Europeans with a sublime free-kick five minutes from time.
Meanwhile, in the second Group B match played on Saturday night at the Estadio Olimpico, Goiania, Ecuador defeated Australia with a marginal 2-1 score line despite dominating the game with commanding performance.
The South Americans romped to a 2-0 lead in the first 10 minute, even if with a stroke of luck too.
Erick Pluas netted the first goal for the Jose Rodriguez’s boys in the 4th minute and Australia’s Anton Mlinaric scored an own goal in the 9th minute to gift the opponents 2-0 lead.
Ecuador dominated proceedings but failed to score more goals. Though Noah Botic grabbed a late consolatory goal for Australia in the 90th to end it 2-1, it was a score line that plays down the South American’s big dominance in the game.
Nigeria’s Golden Eaglets now lead Group B on three points after matchday-one, better than second-placed Ecuador (also on three points) with higher goals scored and goal difference.
Nigeria and Ecuador will clash in Tuesday’s matchday-two at 9pm (Nigerian time) in Goiania, while Australia face Hungary few hours later at the same venue.
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